The Mission of the University of Florida Engineering Innovation Institute is to foster a culture of innovation among faculty, students and staff of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The Institute serves as a nexus of engineering innovation education and experiential programs extending across the spectrum of creative discovery and invention, to the transition of UF engineering technologies and innovative students to the marketplace. The Institute produces leaders with engineering and innovation skills to attack the world’s most daunting problems and change the world.
The Institute’s primary program elements are Creativity and Entrepreneurship built on the foundation of the College’s research programs. The College’s inter-disciplinary research Centers and Institutes, and its broad spectrum of Departments and Schools, provide a unique platform upon which Creativity and Entrepreneurship education produce many of our next generation innovation leaders, whether they work in the private, academic, public service, non-profit, or government / military sectors.
The Institute’s Creativity element develops innovative thinking in our constituents, providing invaluable skill sets when combined with the analytical and problem solving skills inherent in our engineering education and research programs. The Entrepreneurship element focuses on dovetailing technology with entrepreneurial education programs and is designed to bring commercialization focus and direction directly to the breadth and depth of the College’s research programs, ingraining entrepreneurial thought processes in engineering students and faculty.
Specifically, the Engineering Innovation Institute fosters:
Technology commercialization and economic impact, through early commercialization assessment of research programs, increased depth and breadth of commercialized technologies, and economic impact to the state and nation through commercialized technologies and student entrepreneurs.
Student entrepreneurs and innovators, producing students versed in innovation who aspire to change the world and are differentiated from peer institutions by their innovation skills.
A culture of innovation in faculty, through impact to research programs by targeting university/industry collaborative research, major center programs, contributing to innovative, inter-disciplinary research teams, and growing ties to the entrepreneurial community.